Strengthening Japan – ASEAN Relations
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
The vision of ASEAN’s founding members: the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, continues to drive growth across the Asian region. Established in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mission is to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development throughout the association’s member countries. The geopolitical and economic organization today includes Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos and regional economic integration is expected by 2015. ASEAN’s combined nominal Gross Domestic Product (GPD) has grown to more than US$ 2 trillion and as a single entity, ASEAN ranks as the eighth largest economy in the world.
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“Our close partnership is underpinned by mutual respect, common interests and a win-win approach to cooperation in various spheres of interaction”, says Chin Siat Yoon, Singapore’s Ambassador to Japan. “Our partnership is continuously nurtured by frequent bilateral exchanges at the highest political level. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an official visit to Japan in May this year and shortly after, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Singapore where he delivered the 33rd Singapore Lecture on Abenomics”.
Japan remains one of Singapore’s most important economic partners – each country is the other’s third largest investor. Japanese investment into Singapore in 2011 reached S$52 billion while in the same year, Singaporean investment into Japan amounted to S$15.2 billion.
Chin Siat Yoon, Singapore Ambassador to Japan
Shomei Yokouchi, Governor of Yamanashi
As a tourist destination, Japan remains a country of beauty and intrigue for visitors from Asia and the rest of the world.
“Mount Fuji has recently been made a UNESCO World Heritage site and we want to welcome visitors from Southeast Asia, including Singapore”, says Shomei Yokouchi, Governor of Yamanashi Prefecture. “We encourage visitors to experience our community spirit. With the relaxed tourist visa restrictions put in place since 1st July, it is even easier to visit Japan. Yamanashi Prefecture can be easily accessed from Haneda and Narita and international flights have increased dramatically. We want to encourage deeper exchanges between ASEAN countries and Japan in line with the 40th anniversary celebrations this year”.